Face Naxals with uniform strategy: CRPF DG
Calling for a uniform strategy to tackle the Naxalite menace, Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) J K Sinha said on Wednesday that Left-wing extremism had created a "war-like situation'' in Chhattisgarh where 24 CRPF men were killed in a landmine blast on Saturday.
Sinha said that the different policies followed by various states were only "adding to the confusion''.
He added that there were reports that the Naxal outfits were in touch with organisations outside India. "We have reports which suggest that Naxals are in touch with organisations outside India, though we cannot link it to Saturday's attack,'' Sinha said.
The Home Ministry, however, has maintained that Naxalite violence had been contained effectively in all states, except Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Reddy government had to reimpose the ban on Left extremists recently after a string of attacks.
The Ministry claims that sustained effort, by way of development activity and anti-Naxal operations, by states and the Centre was responsible for the drop in Naxal violence.
The CRPF has now adopted the "Kashmir model of security'' as part of its changed strategy to tackle the Naxalites, Sinha said that advance "road-opening parties'' will now be used in Naxal areas.
Units have also been asked to stagger their movements, he added. Instead of using a single vehicle or an armoured carrier, they have been directed to move in a phased manner. "Moving in a staggered manner would allow us to retaliate in case of an ambush,'' he said.
Sinha indicated that instead of carrying out simultaneous operations in several areas of a Naxal zone, the CRPF was considering focused operations to clear a particular spot before moving on. "We could concentrate our forces in one area, clear it of Naxals and then move to the next area,'' he said.
Sinha said that the CRPF team that was ambushed on Saturday night was returning to its base after participating in the anti-Naxal Operation Greenhunt with the state police. Heavy casualties were inflicted on Naxals during the operation, he said, adding that the ambush was the extremists' way of sending a message to the local population that they were still active, he said.
Sinha, however, defended the Mine Protected Vehicle (MVP) that was damaged in the landmine blast. "I am not in favour of writing off the MPV. It does require some structural changes but the MPV would prove effective against the Naxals,'' he said.
Sinha said that the vehicle's shell was been able to withstand the impact of the blast. "Head and spinal injuries that were sustained when the vehicle was thrown off the ground led to the casualties,'' he said, adding that the ordnance factory at Medak that built the MPV was carrying out the required changes.
Von: 08 September 2005, http://www.newindpress.com